Due to the necessary restrictions on travel and social interactions announced by the UK government on Monday 16th March, we announce that the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect David Oakley as a public event on Thursday 19th March will not take place. Bishop Elect David will be ordained in a liturgy without congregation that will be streamed live from our Cathedral in Northampton. 

Everyone is invited to join us for a ‘virtual ordination‘ by following the celebration via the live stream at 11.00am on Thursday which can be viewed here. 

You can also follow the celebration by downloading a copy of the Order of Service 

Bishop Elect David wishes to thank you all for your prayers and good wishes, he understands the disappointment this will cause to those who were due to attend and knows that you will all understand that the health and protection of the most vulnerable is our primary concern. He encourages you all to rest in the hope of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Please do not attend the Cathedral on Thursday as entry will not be permitted. In due course there will be an opportunity to celebrate in person with Bishop Elect David. We know that you will join us in praying for Bishop Elect David as he begins his ministry as the Bishop of Northampton.